National Night Out celebrations continued despite some stormy weather Tuesday night.
The Bloomington Police Department partnered up with The Warehouse the last couple of years to avoid the weather while having access to a bounce house, indoor playground and basketball courts.
The annual event aims to bridge the gap between public safety officials and residents.
Bloomington parent Alyson Pierce says her kids really wanted to see the inside of a police car.
“Because they get to meet the cops and get to talk to them and have a personal interaction with them and helps relieve some of the tension I think,” Pierce says.
Residents also were able to meet with BPD’s CIRT Team and sit in a firetruck.
Michael Sciscoe works for the city and brought his family.
“They’re people too, they’re just doing a job,” Siscoe says. “They are called to do the job just like anybody else. Just like I work on cars.”
Bloomington Police Capt. Steve Kellams says the event is important because it shows kids the good officers do for the community.
“Seeing the smiles on their faces, seeing when they get to play with some of the toys and interact with some of our officers is just a lot of fun,” Kellams says. “So it’s rewarding for us to be able to get into the community and make those connections, because that’s always our big challenge.”
National Night Out is celebrated across the country the first Tuesday in August. Greencastle’s postponed its event to Thursday night due to the weather.